What BT cable entry to house?

Discussion in 'Electricians' Talk' started by tellme_why, Sep 15, 2018 at 2:05 PM.

  1. tellme_why

    tellme_why Member

    Hi all,
    I have a virgin media cable for broadband and phone but getting annoyed with monthly rentals going up too often hence looking at substitutes.
    I noticed there is one cable entering the grey junction bow (see picture) I guess this is the BT line? However why this cable got so many cores?
    Also there is a second cable popping up from the ground with only two cores - it seems it was connected to the black box.
    Please can anyone advise what these two cables are for and why one got so many cores?
    What I have to do to restore the BT line and get it connected to a broadband socket without loosing speed/performance?

    Many thanks

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  2. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member

    Looks like a 5 pair BT cable, you would usually only use one of those pairs, others would be spare pairs in case of line fault, or for a second phone line.

    But,in past I would say someone may have had a second line installed, hard to tell from messing of wiring.

    No idsea as what other cable coming out of ground.

    Don't have to go with BT, could look at other ISP's, I'm about to change from BT to Sky.
    And might be some good offers for Sky & other ISP's on Quidco/TCP.

    Last edited: Sep 15, 2018 at 2:30 PM
  3. joinerjohn1

    joinerjohn1 Screwfix Select

    I’m with virgin media and can honestly say that my monthly rentals don’t go up “often”. Maybe once a year they advise me of a change in the t&c’s. When they do, I phone up and tell em, if they put the price up I’ll leave. If they don’t keep the price the same, I phone up and ask to speak to disconnections. Never failed yet to get my current price kept the same. ( last 3 yrs)
  4. Bazza-spark

    Bazza-spark Well-Known Member

    I have just gone with Sky for TV, broadband and telephone. Some reasonable deals with them.

    Kind regards
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  5. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member

    Got a very good deal for Sky Q TV with 4 mini boxes, broadband & phone.
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  6. malkie129

    malkie129 Well-Known Member

    I only have phone & broadband. I have just switched from BT to Talk-Talk and have halved my monthly charges. :)
  7. seneca

    seneca Screwfix Select

    I'm on Talk Talk too Malkie, was AOL for the broadband but it's all Talk Talk now, phone, broadband and also their TV box which gives us recording capabilities from the Free View transmissions, total cost is around 30 quid a month. I don't really know why anyone bothers with Sky these days unless they're heavily into sport or films, there's so much available on Free View and Free Sat.
    I was with Sky right from their start, being a TV engineer in those days.I done very well supplying and installing Sky receivers, it was analogue receivers when it started which always worked ok and then it went digital which was like starting all over again, new receivers and dishes!
  8. KIAB

    KIAB Well-Known Member

    For benefit of others,who having Sky installed, you can request 'FOC' a Hybrid LNB instead of standard LNB when installing Sky Q, this enables you to connect a freesat box to the LNB on dish.
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2018 at 9:47 PM
  9. malkie129

    malkie129 Well-Known Member

    I'm on FreeSky. I can't get all of the channels,but I'm happy with those that I can get. We have a double LNB, which runs cables to 2 Sky boxes.

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